The connection between your food and mental health

Hello and welcome back! I am finally writing again and I have missed you!! My laptop broke so I am now writing from my phone and picked a veeeery interesting topic today: the connection between what we eat and our mental health.

Mental health is such an important topic that need to be talked about. We are almost 1 YEAR into the pandemic and I am sure that all of us have reflected on how you feel with it and just checked in with yourself and your mental well-being. In this blog post I want to write about a factor that has an impact on our mental health which we might aren’t even aware of: Food.

In 1946 the WHO defined “health” as a status of full physical, mental and social satisfaction and not only as the absence of disease.

Said in other words, you can be perfectly physically healthy and an athlete but that doesn’t mean you are healthy overall. And I have been there when I was into fitness and thought that a lean body is healthy but it’s not.
The worldwide depression rate is at 10.7% and I am sure that the rate is increasing especially now due to COVID. A depression can be life threatening but as health is not the absence of disease, mental health is not the absence of depression. Meaning that you are not necessarily happy just because you are not depressed.

There are many things we can do to improve our mental health and different things work for different people. Personally I believe that everything happens for a reason so even if something negative happens in my life, I see it as something that needed to happen for better. On daily basis I do the 5 minute journal, focus on movement in nature and read I inspiring books.

It is increasingly proven that mental well-being is connected to less physical disease. But what comes first? Are we healthier because we are happier or are we happier because we are healthier?

Studies found that people that are happier are healthier. Mental well-being has a positive impact on longevity. Who is happier seems to live longer.

The nutrients in our food has an impact on the chemicals in our brain which control our mood. Therefore it is important to nourish your mind and body with food. Apart from eating the right foods it is just as important to avoid eating others: some food contains chemicals which increases the risk of depression and anxiety!

  1. Arachidonic acid is know to increase inflammation in the brain which impacts our mood in a negative way. It is found in chicken, eggs, meat, pork and fish. Chicken and eggs contain the highest amounts of the acid.
  2. Medication like antibiotics often have depression and anxiety as a side effect. You either consume the medication directly due to other symptoms or indirectly due to animal products.
  3. A control study showed that the ones eating a plant based diet without junk food felt not only physically better but also mentally. Eating healthier has an impact on our sleep and energy level as well.
  4. An increase of the consumption of fruit and vegetables can lower the risk of depression by up to 62%. Apples, grapes, berries, onion, green tea or cinnamon are great to keep the chemicals in our brain in balance.

Instead of taking medication against depression it is much easier, saver and healthier to eat a plant based diet. Plus it has many other benefits!

I hope you enjoyed this weeks blog post, leave me a comment below and check out the rest of my website 🙂 Wish you a great weekend!

As a Health Coach, I am mentoring my clients to create and maintain long-term lifestyle changes to enhance their overall quality of life. In addition to supporting clients with specific goals, I empower my clients to choose health-promoting behaviors that work for them. I raise awareness and offer support as clients move in their own bio-individual ways toward the greater health they want for themselves. My coaching hopefully leads to long-term behavior change, but only because I help my clients do the meaningful work that forms a strong foundation.

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